Fellows Program

Dr. Ellen Paredes has directed Fellowship programs for more than 25 years, first as the Director of Breast Imaging at the University of Virginia, next as the Director of Breast Imaging of the VCU Medical Center, and presently as President of the Ellen Shaw de Paredes Breast Cancer Foundation. Dr. Paredes has trained hundreds of Fellows who are now practicing at academic medical centers or are in private practice. Graduates range from Boston, MA to Columbia, South America. These physicians are making significant impacts on the lives of women and their families in their communities.

The goal of the Fellowship program is to train more radiologists in the sub-specialty of breast imaging, and give more women access to care. Candidates for the Fellowship will be reviewed carefully by the Paredes Foundation Board of Directors. The successful candidate will begin the program in July and conclude the program the following June. For application information, please click here.

To make a donation to support the Foundation’s Fellowship, please click here.

Ellen Shaw de Paredes Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Foundation’s Federal tax identification number is: 202671818. All donations are tax deductible, and all donors will receive a written acknowledgement of their gift.

Fellowships: Why Are They So Important?

By Ellen Shaw de Paredes, MD

A fellow is a physician who is specialized in a specific area of medicine. Fellows have completed medical school, internship and residency and are licensed to practice medicine. Fellows have typically completed written and oral board examinations, and in our case are board certified as well. Examples of fellowships in various fields might include cardiology or endocrinology, (subspecialties of internal medicine), surgical oncology or cardiothoracic surgery (surgery) or breast imaging (radiology).

There is federal regulation of mammography facilities in the United States, unlike any other specialty, and all radiologists who interpret mammograms must meet certain basic criteria by these laws to read mammograms. However, most radiologists who interpret mammography are not subspecialized in breast imaging. One of the critical missions of the Foundation is to support the training of more fellows in breast imaging. Therefore more women in this country and abroad will have their mammograms read by experts. Through this mechanism we hope that more cancers can be detected at an earlier and more curable stage.

Fellows I have trained practice in academic and private practice settings around the United States. Our most recently trained fellows were Dr. Johnathan Hays and Dr. Chad Coeyman. In addition to practicing breast imaging clinically, fellows may work on research projects or other academic pursuits. Drs. Johnathan Hays and Chad Coeyman worked on a project on Pleomorphic Lobular Carcinoma in Situ, a rare aggressive type of breast cancer. Dr. Hays presented the poster at the Radiologic Society of North America meeting in Chicago in December 2011 and received a red ribbon award for his work.

Typically fellowships in breast imaging are one year programs. At the completion of the fellowship, the fellow leaves with a high level of expertise in the field, and is ready to make a difference in the lives of his or her patients.

Dr. Tsz Ng Named Paredes Fellow

Dr. Tsz W. Ng

Dr. Tsz W. Ng has been named a fellow by the Ellen Shaw de Paredes Breast Cancer Foundation. He is serving his fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Ellen Paredes at the Paredes Institute for Women’s Imaging. We are fortunate to have him as a Breast Imaging Fellow. Dr. Ng came to the Foundation from the Department of Radiology at Long Island College Hospital where he was an Assistant Attending Physician in the Body Imaging Division. Previously, Dr. Ng served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at New York University, and prior to that as Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Dr. Ng completed a fellowship in Body Imaging at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York in 2004. He did his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, completing it in 2003. Dr. Ng earned his medical degree in 1998 from State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from City University of New York at Brooklyn College in 1994.

“He has performed beautifully and skillfully as a fellow,” said Dr. Paredes, “and I am very proud of the knowledge he has acquired and shared with everyone.”  

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